Under the new pool safety laws, all pools and outdoor spas must be registered with the Qld State Government by November 4, 2011.
So far, about 283,000 pools have been registered out of an estimated 320,000 state-wide. Those who do not registered by 4th November will face on-the-spot fines of $200 or maximum court fines of up to $2,000.
Once registered, pool owners will then have five years to get a safety certificate for their pool – sooner if they sell or rent their property.
In order to be eligible for a certificate, in-ground pools will have to be protected by a four sided fence of a least 1.2m in height, and with gaps of no more than 100mm. Child-resistant doors that allowed for pre-1991 pools are now illegal and any climbable objects including trees within 900mm of the fence must be removed.
Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said “taking just a couple of minutes to fill out a simple online form could help save a child’s life”.
Go to: http://dlgp.qld.gov.au/pool-safety/pool-safety-register.html to register your pool today.
If you are thinking of selling give Liza McKilliam, leading agent in Chapel Hill and Kenmore a call for advice on the new pool safety laws.